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    February 18, 2019 3:43 AM PST

    ANAHEIM, Calif. Air Max 270 Italia . -- Back when the 2016 major league schedule was announced, any rational baseball fan likely would have looked at three-game series Sept. 9-11 between the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers as pivotal to the American League West race.As it stands now, however, the Rangers hold a comfortable 8 1/2-game lead in the West, while the Angels have long since been reduced to playing spoiler, mixing and matching young players and veterans who are trying to make a good impression on club officials for next year and beyond.The Friday starting pitchers for the two clubs are similar, though. Both are Tommy John surgery survivors who missed all of the 2015 season and part of this season.Texas right-hander Yu Darvish, who also battled shoulder troubles this year, is 5-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 13 starts. Los Angeles left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who didnt make his season debut until July 26, is 3-3 with a 4.71 ERA in eight starts.Darvish is coming off his shortest outing of the season, when he lasted just four innings and gave up five runs and seven hits in a 7-6 loss to the Houston Astros on Sunday.I felt very good going into the game, he said. I think I was feeling well, so I have to tip the hats to their offense today. Command-wise, I didnt feel as bad as I did the last time I struggled. The bloopers, the ground balls found a way. We put the shift on and it went through it. Its just one of those things. I didnt think I was that bad.Darvish is 7-2 with a 4.00 ERA in 12 career starts against the Angels.Skaggs, meanwhile, seems to be finding a rhythm. He is coming off back-to-back victories over the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners in which he gave up three runs in 12 total innings.For Skaggs, the life on his fastball seems to be improving, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia, and he continues to develop his changeup.In three career starts against Texas, Skaggs is 2-1 with a 7.90 ERA.Skaggs will benefit from the return to the lineup of designated hitter Albert Pujols and center fielder Mike Trout. Both got a day off for rest on Wednesday and then another day with Thursdays scheduled day off.Trout has finished first or second in AL Most Valuable Player voting in each of his four full seasons and will get votes again this year, though playing for a team near the bottom of the division will hurt his chances. Even his own manager said recently that he didnt think players on a last-place team should win the MVP.The Angels arent in last, but they are close enough to hurt Trout despite his lofty numbers going into the series: .323 average, 27 homers, 88 RBI, 24 stolen bases, 109 runs (tied for the AL lead), .442 on-base percentage (best in majors).Trout has hit Darvish well, batting .294 (10-for-34) with four homers, a double, six RBI and six walks against him.Pujols also has put up big numbers this season, his 110 RBI among the leagues leaders. It is his highest RBI total since he had 118 in 2010 while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.Its fun anytime Albert hits a home run, anytime he gets an RBI or an extra-base hit, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said recently. Every time something happens, hes in some conversation with the all-time greats.One of the hottest Texas hitters of late is Carlos Gomez, who has been with the club only a couple of weeks following his release from the Astros. He hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat as a Ranger, struggled through an 0-for-18 stretch but has nine hits in his past 24 at-bats as he settles in to his new surroundings.Its the best thing that could happen to me, Gomez told about joining the Rangers. Seeing the energy here, a new opportunity has been given to me. It has been really good. This team is like family. Youre supposed to be here by 3 oclock, but everybody is here by 1 because it is so much fun. Air Max 270 Outlet . The Vancouver coach and an announced sellout crowd of 18,910 watched in dismay as the Canucks lost 7-4 to the New York Islanders on Monday night by squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period. Air Max 270 Outlet Italia . Team physician Dr. Steve Traina performed the surgery Friday. Robinson was injured in a spill underneath the Nuggets basket during the first quarter of Wednesday nights loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. . -- Charline Labonte couldnt have asked for a better homecoming. ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Bentley scored 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting and the Connecticut Sun snapped a three-game losing streak, beating the Dallas Wings 86-83 on Saturday night.Alyssa Thomas gave the Sun (4-13) an 85-80 lead on a baseline drive with 22 seconds left. Skylar Diggins drew a foul on her 3-point attempt less than two seconds later and made all three free throws to pull Dallas (8-10) within two.Bentley then missed one of her two free throws which gave Dallas an opportunity to tie on the final possessionn. Air Max 270 Scontate. But Diggins missed a pair of 3-point attempts.Thomas added 17 points and Camille Little scored 14 for Connecticut, the No. 11 team in the AP WNBA power poll. The Sun took the lead for good during a 10-0 run capped at 76-69 on Chiney Ogwumikes layup with 5:18 left.Johnson had 16 points and rookie Aerial Powers added 15 to lead six in double figures for the sixth-ranked Wings. 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